When Tate Modern opened five years ago, the reaction to the building was wondrous admiration. The attitude to the art inside, which was hung in themed, rather than chronological, displays was not always as appreciative.
So the announcement yesterday of the first major rehang of the collection is set to spark a new round of debate over the best way to display the work in the former power station.
All 48 galleries devoted to the display of the Tate's permanent collection will be rehung " and 40 per cent of the art will be works never previously shown in Tate Modern. These will include one of Roy Lichtenstein's powerful pop-art paintings, Whaam! and Fernand Leger's The Acrobat and his Partner.
Around a fifth of the works will be new acquisitions including posters by the Guerrilla Girls, a group of feminists who disguise their identities with gorilla masks, and works by Tacita Dean and Anish Kapoor.
Another recent purchase is Video Quartet by Christian Marclay, a striking installation using hundreds of short-film excerpts of performers, first seen at the White Cube two years ago and more recently at the Barbican, which Frances Morris, the curator, said was set to be a contemporary classic. Louise Bourgeois has donated one of her own works, Mamelles.
The artworks will continue to be presented in themes but will essentially focus on key movements in 20th century art "Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism.
Sir Nicholas Serota, the director of theTate galleries, said: 'I would be very surprised if there were not some criticism. Our purpose is not to deflect criticism but to present the collection in the strongest possible way.' But he added that the rehang would probably answer one or two of the criticisms " such as whether the Tate was showing the strengths in its collection and whether it was presenting the works the public really wanted to see.
Ms Morris said the rehang was not a 'a final solution' but she hoped it would shed new light, not least by …